I'm currently working on starting a business that designs and sells controllers for indoor horticultural purposes. Obviously the majority of the market for such a device is composed of cannabis growers, but I think eventually there will be more widespread agricultural use as well. The idea is to create a wireless controller that will automate many of the systems that are required to run a grow room successfully, such as lighting, dehumidifiers, irrigation, co2, A/C units, fans, and pumps, and allow remote monitoring and control via a secure website and phone app. I know there are a couple of companies that do all of this stuff but the plan is to create something better, that is designed for the growers by the growers. I have a number of friends that are also growers whom I have consulted with extensively, but I need input from as many people in the industry as possible in order to create a product that will be beneficial for all different types of setups.
If anyone here onsite would care to contribute to the ongoing pool of ideas, any information would be incredibly useful. I'm interested in information such as:
-Type of setup you run (open, closed, semi-open, growing medium, etc.)
-Type/brand of controllers/timers you currently use (Sentinel, CAP, Titan, Growtronix, Intermatic, etc.)
-Features you like about your controllers
-Features you dislike
-Wishlist of things you wish your controller could do (don't be afraid to get creative here, have fun with this if you want)
-Amount you'd be willing to spend on the controller of your dreams. I'm trying to keep the functionality as high as possible and yet keep the cost down, but a lot of the sensors/etc are a bit pricey.
Any other info you might want to add. I'm just trying to see what there is a market for out there. Thanks for any input I get out of this, and if you want you can send me a pm if you don't wish to discuss these things openly.
Once again feel free to contribute any thoughts you have on the subject.